A Sport Must Be A Sport !

Ziryab

When I was organizing the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship in 2009, the head of the Spokane Regional Sports Commission told me that he considers chess a sport. Here's a guy who makes his living raising money to promote local sports, and he wanted to help a one-day chess tournament with 1000 children participating to occur BECAUSE IT MET HIS DEFINITION.

Now, there are those who prefer the reductionist modern English definition as put forth in the dictionary. After all, lexicographers are the supreme arbiters of all cultural matters because language--their domain--is the supreme expression of culture.

lfPatriotGames
Ziryab wrote:

When I was organizing the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship in 2009, the head of the Spokane Regional Sports Commission told me that he considers chess a sport. Here's a guy who makes his living raising money to promote local sports, and he wanted to help a one-day chess tournament with 1000 children participating to occur BECAUSE IT MET HIS DEFINITION.

Now, there are those who prefer the reductionist modern English definition as put forth in the dictionary. After all, lexicographers are the supreme arbiters of all cultural matters because language--their domain--is the supreme expression of culture.

I dont doubt that. For him, his definition is all that matters. For him, chess is a sport. But when we all get to make up our own definitions for words, it can be hard to communicate. For example, you and I might mostly agree on what chess is. While other people might say chess is throwing a dead goat into a circle. 

So while it's fun to all make up our own definitions for words, that's not very practical. Imagine going to court and everyone in the room was allowed to make up their own definitions for words. We might not agree on whether or not chess is a sport, I'll bet we can agree the dictionary says chess is not a sport. I'll bet we can also agree most people dont think chess is a sport. And we could probably also agree if the matter ever came up in court it would either be laughed out of court, or, the judge/jury might not be too kind to the party that proposed chess is a sport. 

badenwurtca
badenwurtca wrote:

Thanks for the posts.

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badenwurtca

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